TEPCO: 6,300 Bq per liter of Strontium-90 found in groundwater

Published: June 12th, 2011 at 7:44 pm ET


Excessive levels of strontium detected in seawater, NHK, June 13, 2011:

[…] TEPCO announced that strontium-90 was also detected for the first time in ground water near the reactors’ buildings.

A ground water sample taken on May 18, around reactor number 2, measured 6,300 becquerels per liter. And for reactor number one, the sample showed 22 becquerels.

TEPCO explained it usually takes about 3 weeks to analyze the samples.

Published: June 12th, 2011 at 7:44 pm ET


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63 comments to TEPCO: 6,300 Bq per liter of Strontium-90 found in groundwater

  • OneWhoRelates

    it only takes three weeks to analyse when you are dragging your feet.

    The analysis can be completed in a few minutes using a multi-port gas spectrometer

  • ZombiePlanet ZombiePlanet

    Until the hole is plugged, this is only daily news.

    Please move a long, nothing to see here.

    Please step away from the vehicle!

  • The racoon, is not a racoon:


    (it’s a “tanuki”)

    The ‘tanuki,’ or raccoon dog, is a familiar creature in Japan, even if few take the trouble to seek it out in the wild.

    That’s because the ball of fur (striped like a raccoon but shaped like a dog) is a staple of popular culture. By song and legend the tanuki is an animal given to fun, and no little cunning. Visitors to the country will know it as the statue often seen welcoming customers at the entrance to restaurants, sporting a grin, a large jug of sake, an even larger pot belly, and – somewhat brazenly – outsize testicles, reflecting the beast’s real-life physiognomy.

    Thanks to Fukushima Daiichi and Tepco, the wild tanuki is now easier to spot. That’s because live pictures streamed by the web camera installed by the troubled utility Tepco at its crippled nuclear plant now occasionally feature furtive appearances by local wildlife, including the tanuki as seen in this Youtube video from Asahi News Network.

    Stray dogs, and even cats, have also been picked up on camera, in an eerie reminder that while animal life appears to go on, the owners of these pets have long since been evacuated, or succumbed to the disaster.

    Still, it’s the tanuki’s stroll, with the ruined Daiichi structure in the background, that captures the attention: Oblivious or emboldened, the tanuki makes its rounds.

  • mamatash

    The new photos of the plant are staggering. The MSM while deathly silent show the same couple of photos if they “happen” to spend a minute on Fukushima. They are too busy with their TOP STORY Wiener’s photos. WHO CARES!! The world needs to wake up!!!

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      TOTALLY AGREE. It’s sickening.

    • ZombiePlanet ZombiePlanet

      Oh ya, that We’nee wager guy. I saw him on TV. Out there waging his we’nee.

      • ..proving that self-weinering is ill advisable.

        Poor guy, it was all supposed to be a fun joke.

        But, it don’t work in the land of Puritans!

        Best to keep ‘er well zippered, and away from cell phones (and Puritans).

  • Terranigma1 Terranigma1

    OT, but is there some way I can get my original user name, Terranigma, back? Apparently my other email address changed its format and I keep sending a password to the now defuct address, which I can never retrieve.

    As a big fan of Japanese video games, scroll down this website and check out the setting and story of Final Fantasy VII which was released in the U.S. in 1997 —


    Surreal, isn’t it? You wish this nuclear nightmare could just be another Japanese role playing game….

    Also, we saw a young fawn and Momma deer (we fed the Mom deer some bread), and thankfully, the young deer, still with spots, looked healthy, alert, and normal.

  • tibetaneagle

    for those who like to make fun of TACOMAGROVE
    you might like to open this 114 page report from the nrc
    in the search box type
    after the report loads an you dont want to read the complete report
    just type cancer, in the reports search box
    an go to the pages
    complete address is
    then think fuku style 6 reactors
    night all
    i noticed the shills had no answer for yucca mtn,nv

  • Aodhan

    I just returned from Orange County, CA with my son. I have some questions for those who thoroughly understand this. I was down there this past week from June 5-12. I read on June 4 that the winds at Fuku had turned south. Does that mean this stuff wasn’t blowing to the West Cost of CA during this past week and it was a good week to be down there? I stayed out of the ocean but was in a swimming pool with my son for a little while. It’s hard to know what is safe and what isn’t. People don’t seemed to be worried about this in the least down there.

    • They don’t know, obviously.

      • Aodhan

        Yeah, that was very obvious. I just hope I didn’t put my son in any immediate danger while I was down there.

        • Aodhan
          Without forecast it it hard to say when more is on us then other times, but we can be sure it is present most all the time in heavier then pre 311.
          We will just have to keep the thought that it is with us and take do care in ALL we do, just of us here in the GOM region that are aware have learned to do what we need to try to stay safe, and staying out of the rain was and is more than ever most important !
          Being a parent I can relate, glad all mine are grown !

  • 11:39 PDT Sun June 12, 2011

    TEPCO messing with the camera.

    Probably changing the tape.

    Rerun # 395.

    • Flipping through the manual – sound only.

    • tony wilson

      the most silent building site in the world.

      it’s. oh. so quiet
      it’a oh. so still
      you’re all alone with furry rocky
      and so peaceful until…
      ba ba ba boom

      you fall down boom boom.
      with the spent fuel ponds ka ba ba boom from reactor 3 he he.

      rocky barks hey punk let’s get outta here
      it’s not a place to stand and stare.
      my racoon furs all wet i need to google.
      how to get rid of the atomic clean miracle.
      plutonium and Polonium.
      don’t worry rocky give it a day your fur will be gone thanks to the half life decay.

  • BREAKING NEWS: The shattered city of Christchurch has been rocked again by two damaging earthquakes this afternoon, measuring magnitude 6.0 and 5.5.


    As the big quake before in NZ, will there be a larger quake off Japan ?


    Looks to me as if they were shallow depth so more dangerous:
    (9km and 11km down)
    y/m/d h:m:s LAT
    deg LON
    deg DEPTH
    km Region
    MAP 6.0 2011/06/13 02:20:51 -43.580 172.740 9.0 SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND
    MAP 5.2 2011/06/13 01:00:00 -43.580 172.780 11.0 SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND

  • arclight arclight

    @ xdrfox
    if hair protects you from radiadion this guys got it sorted…and hes happy!
    i think after seeing this i too am imune to those nasty particles lol

  • Sickputer

    You were better off than Hawaii, but the West Coast (Canada included) is the first dumping ground as the jetstream and lower air currents leaves the smoother sailing (less drag) of the ocean. Doesn’t pay to stress, try to limit outdoor exposure until the worst is over.


    Arnie had some new comments today… Used the ape lung cancer pictograph I mentioned here in my Kodak history posting. I think he didn’t explain the tremendous historical significance very well for the ape lung cancer, but hey… He’s a scientist… not a historian. 😉 i like his bravery though…and his poise.

    • arclight arclight

      there is a link to an old video somewhere on this site , in it a guy said that 90% of the particulates comes down with the rain…take this into account and your lifestyle shouldnt need to change to much, all things considered. obviously there is an effect on the food chain….loads of useful info on the site! peace

  • Manifest Irony

    So that’s 6,300 beta decays per second per liter of groundwater… Definitely don’t want to drink that! Not sure if that even counts the stronger secondary beta decay from the Yttrium-90, Sr-90’s decay product. I REALLY hope these isotopes stay out of the aquifers people in Japan depend on. Nobody needs their bone marrow irradiated up close by beta particles.

  • Anthony Anthony

    Radiation and thyroid cancer

    The frequency of papillary thyroid carcinoma occurrence in young people is about 1.5 per million a year. But following the 1986 Chernobyl calamity a sudden 100-fold increase was seen in its occurrence in Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia. In all, nearly 6,000 people developed thyroid cancer; about 4,000 of them had been children or adolescents at the time of the accident. But how does one distinguish naturally occurring thyroid cancer from that caused by radiation?


  • AustralianCannonball

    I made a video Tokyo Radiation but some official sources in Japan were not very impressed. I promised them I would make an updated correction which I have. I didn’t need to but I did as they made some good points. I still maintain my stance not to travel to Tokyo:


  • Anthony Anthony

    ***Instead, he turned at the beginning only to a handful of close, overwhelmed advisers who knew little about nuclear plants and who barely exchanged information with the plant’s operator and nuclear regulators. Struggling to manage a humanitarian disaster caused by the tsunami, Mr. Kan improvised his government’s response to the worsening nuclear crisis, seeming to vacillate between personally intervening at the plant and leaving it to the operator, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, known as Tepco.

    “There were delays. First of all, we weren’t getting accurate information from Tepco,” said Kenichi Matsumoto, an adviser to Mr. Kan. But Mr. Matsumoto added that the prime minister’s distrust of Tepco and bureaucrats “interfered” with the overall response.

    The early disarray alarmed the United States government enough that it increasingly urged the Japanese to take more decisive action, and to be more forthcoming in sharing information. Making matters worse was Mr. Kan’s initial reluctance to accept the help of the United States, which offered pump trucks, unmanned drones and the advice of American nuclear crisis experts.

    “We found ourselves in a downward spiral, which hurt relations with the United States,” said Manabu Terada, a lawmaker who served as an aide to Mr. Kan at that time. “We lost credibility with America, and Tepco lost credibility with us.” ***


  • Tuesday, June 14, 2011 19:13
    Radioactive material in sludge at 16 prefectures
    NHK has learned that 16 prefectures in Japan have detected radioactive material in sludge since the crisis began at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in March.
    NHK has found through interviews that at least 22 of Japan’s 47 prefectures have been testing sludge for radioactive material. 16 of them, ranging from Hokkaido to Osaka, have actually detected radioactive substances.
    The level of radioactive cesium was highest in Fukushima city, at 447,000 becquerels per kilogram. This was followed by Tokyo at 55,000 becquerels and Maebashi, north of Tokyo, at 42,800 becquerels.
    Rain-soaked soil containing radioactive substances has turned into contaminated sludge and is being stored at waste treatment plants.
    Maebashi has designated area…